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White Flight/Black FlightThe Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood$
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Rachael A. Woldoff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449185

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449185.001.0001

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Cross-Racial Caregiving

Cross-Racial Caregiving

Pioneers Helping Stayers to Age in Place

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White Flight/Black Flight

Rachael A. Woldoff

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the cross-racial neighboring between white stayers and black pioneers as part of black–white social relations in Parkmont. Drawing on interviews with stayers and pioneers, it considers how the two groups affect each other, and by extension, the culture of the neighborhood. The chapter first discusses the reasons why black neighbors support the stayers, with particular emphasis on the relationship of cross-racial neighboring to black caregiving culture, occupational socialisation, and reverence for the elderly. It then examines the rewards that blacks get from cross-racial neighboring, including emotional support/companionship, sense of stability, and institutional memory. This chapter shows that in communities that experience white flight, pioneering black residents can play an important role in the lives of those who remain.

Keywords:   cross-racial neighboring, white stayers, black pioneers, social relations, Parkmont, caregiving culture, occupational socialisation, institutional memory, white flight

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